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    Seymour Skinner (seasons 9-30)

    Seymour Skinner (seasons 9-30)
    "Oh, egads! My character is ruined!"
    - Skinner when the writers flanderized him in season 9
    Gender: Male
    Type: Imposter
    Age: 49
    Species: Human (Yellow Humanoid)
    Portrayed by: Harry Shearer
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Simpsons
    First appearance: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (The Simpsons)

    "Chalmers: Will someone remove that crazy man, please?
    Skinner: No, he's not crazy. It's true. I'm... *sigh* I'm... an impostor. That man is the real Seymour Skinner.
    "The Principal and the Pauper"

    Seymour Skinner is a major character and an antagonist from the long-running American animated sitcom The Simpsons. He is Bart Simpson's principal and arch-nemesis. He is voiced by Harry Shearer. Sadly, he was flanderized in seasons 9-30 in the show, like the four main characters.

    "SKINNER!!" Qualities

    Note: This only applies to his character as depicted in seasons 9-30 of The Simpsons, as he was flanderized.

    1. Unlike most other characters from The Simpsons who were flanderized, Skinner's character was ruined very quickly and not only did he suffer flanderization, but he also had one of the worst character derailments in the show. Early appearances had him mainly as a reasonably competent, no-nonsense principal who was a Vietnam veteran and had an overbearing mother, but in the infamous episode, "The Principal and the Pauper", it threw all of Skinner's backstory and personality out of the window and it revealed that he was nothing more than just an imposter named "Armin Tamazarian", not only did it see that this reveal see that the show was starting experience a decline in quality, but it also single-handedly ruined Seymour Skinner's character.
      • Even though the episode has been deemed to be non-canon by the crew members, it still doesn't save the fact the change in Skinner's character caused so much outrage by fans. His imposter nickname was even referenced in the season 15 episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot", when Lisa got a new cat named Snowball V but decided to name it Snowball II due to its resemblance to the original cat.
    2. After a few seasons, he became a pathological mama's boy who was still a virgin in his 40s and merely embarrassed himself whenever he tried to assert authority over Bart or any other students.
    3. His relationship with Bart has changed completely, which was friend-foe, but it happened to be Bart causing havoc and him crying like a baby.
    4. He has become a pathetic subject, pretending to be intimidating or abusive towards children and Willie, but is actually a cowardly crybaby when he talks or hangs out with Superintendent Chalmers and his mother.
    5. He went from being a war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, to a subject without self-esteem and without identity.
    6. Due to his break-up with Edna Krabappel (who eventually died), he is unable to get a partner.
    7. The relationship with his mother has become sickly, where instead of looking like Agnes' son, he seems more like her husband.
    8. Due to his constant dependence on his mother, he is falling infamously and sickly in love with her (in fact, in the episode "Days of the Future Future", it is made clear that he married his mother).
    9. Due to the episodes "The Principal and the Pauper" and "My Big Fat Geek Wedding", he happened to make a punching bag, mainly for jokes about how his life has become pathetic and his constant depression.
    10. He provoked Bart into pranking more by pranking him in front of the whole school.
    11. In "Brother's Little Helper", when Bart got in trouble for flooding the gymnasium with a fire hose. Instead of suspending Bart or even expelling him, he gives him dangerous pills called Focusyn which made Bart go crazy by having him be in his room wrapped in aluminum foil with a garbage can lid around his head and even have numerous coat hangers hang from the ceiling. The doctors tried to get Bart off those pills, but Bart refused because he got too crazy by stealing a tank. Luckily, Marge got Bart off those pills before he would cause more destruction.
    12. In "Skinner's Sense of Snow", he refused to close the school during a blizzard, which got the students snowed in. He also made them watch a boring movie for hours but he did get his comeuppance by getting tortured by the students by having them take over the school.
    13. In "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star", he expelled Bart and didn't fire Groundskeeper Willie when Willie pranked the school with rats during the medieval school festival play.
    14. In "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em", when he was fed up with Bart torturing him with his peanut allergy, he decides to retaliate by shoving shrimp in Bart's face, which he got his comeuppance by ending up in the hospital with Bart with their faces swollen up along with Bart throwing peanuts at him.
    15. In "The Debarted", when Bart played a prank on him by employing magnets and metal sole pads in his shoes which causes him to dance uncontrollably and be hurled out of the school in a container filled with old and lost mouth retainers and when he finds out who's responsible, he pulls out a catholic book like his school's a catholic school like he wants to crucify his students.

    "Steamed Hams" Qualities

    1. He is a bit sympathetic because he has his overbearing mother who still treats him like a child and never seems to accept the fact he's a grown man.
      • Of course, this was also the reason why he was a ruthless principal prone to treat students poorly.
    2. He was a much better character in the first eight seasons and has started to slightly improve as a character since season 31, although some of his flaws still remain.
    3. Harry Shearer still does a good job voicing him, as always.
    4. Seymour Skinner can still be likable and have his original personality in a lot of episodes here and there.


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